How to Choose Art to Suit Your Home & Style
Learn how to select and display art to complement your home and reflect your personal style.
Choosing artwork is a very personal rite of passage in the home decorating stakes. Sometimes, it’s all about the finishing touch to a space, finding a piece to complete a room’s look. In some cases, the right artwork can even inspire a room’s colour palette and style from the very start, the tones informing decisions about accessories from cushions and vases to door handles and wall finishes. And in other instances, a feature wall dedicated to a selection of art forms the centrepiece of an open-plan living zone.
Having artwork in your home is also one of the best ways to showcase your own style, personality and taste, and no matter what style you go with, or how you choose to display it, it’s guaranteed to bring further depth to your interiors. Here are our five top tips on choosing and hanging art at your place.
1. How & Where to Find the Right Artwork for You
Let’s start with what artwork you’re after. The range of options can be overwhelming but start with three key factors in mind. The first consideration is what type of art are you after: are you looking for a large landscape or portrait painting, a photographic piece or a sculpture or hanging piece. The second point to think about is where you think that piece will go in your home and if it marries well within that space’s existing features – more on this in our third tip below. The third, and perhaps most important element to consider is want do you want your artwork to add to your home. Maybe you’re after a bold colourful hit, or you want a landscape artwork to fill an empty spot to balance out other elements in the room or a sculptural piece to provide a focal point in an entry hall – these are all worthy things to really analyse before you wander into any shop or art gallery.
2. What Type of Art Suits Your Type of Look
Tying an interior look to an artwork comes down to an understanding of tone and feel of your particular space. For the most part, it’s not an exact science as your love of your artwork should override any set style rules and particularly so if you have plenty of wall space. However, here are a few pointers. For those with a mid-century modern scheme, Modern Times or Rudi Rocket are great spots to start, seeking out vintage art and tapestries. For a vibrant colour trip that will work with Scandi interiors, try Palette by Jono Fleming, Greenhouse Interiors, Jumbled, Fenton & Fenton and Lamington Drive. Photographic pieces by Kara Rosenlund are utterly timeless and offer style versatility but work brilliantly well with rustic walls. Curatorial+Co. offers some striking sculptural art for minimalists while if you’re after contemporary pieces, look to Saint Cloche, Middle of Nowhere, Sophie Gannon Gallery and Olsen Gallery.
3. Finding the Right Spot
There are some important details to take into consideration to best position your chosen work of art. Think about how your piece will tie in with not only the wall colour behind it, but also the other components of your space. Aim to hang your artwork around 150cm from the floor, which is generally considered to be eye level. And when it comes to actually hanging the piece, you’ll need to factor in the weight of the piece and what it’s being hung on – a brick wall, plasterboard or a tiled surface for instance, to determine what type of hooks you’ll need. A hammer, measuring tape and pencil are called for and appropriate nails, wall plugs or self-adhesive hooks. The other need-to-know detail is the amount of light your chosen spot gets. This will influence how your artwork is appreciated and whether it really is cast in its best light with no shadows coming across it or it being too dark to see what’s on show.
4. Picking Your Type of Hang
Hanging art on the wall is the obvious way to display your cherished piece and can definitely work best in certain zones – entrances, hallways and on doors for instance where the dimensions are on the smaller side. But also think about leaning your artwork on a shelf, above a console, or even on the floor against the wall. This low-key approach works best in lofty industrial and minimalist spaces, lending a relaxed cool to proceedings. But a small piece on a kitchen benchtop or on a floating shelf is also an easy way to introduce creativity to the cooking zone.
5. Making the Feature Wall of Your Dreams
If you’re really keen to make an artistic statement, it’s hard to go past the beloved salon hang. The key here is a mix of artwork types and sizes for added interest and the best way to tackle this is to lay out your pieces on the floor and curate your choices. Approach your salon hang as if it’s one large collage on the wall with considered gaps in between for the eye to rest and make note of how the framed and non-framed pieces come together. Once you’re happy, take a snap and then get to hanging up your pieces one by one. An even, single row of artworks also makes an impact, and go for groups in odd numbers for a pleasing display to the eye.
Choosing artwork and how to display it can add bucketloads of creativity and style to your home. This guide will help you narrow down what creative output will suit your place and how to best showcase your carefully chosen pieces. Looking for more artistic ideas? Check out our guide to Australian artists we love as well as incredible Indigenous art.
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